The IAFF service that was scheduled last fall in New York City, and then cancelled amidst debate of timing and control, has not been discussed further according to Burke. Although the IAFF said at the time they would consider rescheduling after Mayor Giuliani's administration turned over the reigns of control to new Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Burkes said the idea is still there but that is as far as it goes at this time.
Congress created the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation to lead a nationwide effort to honor America's fallen firefighters. Since 1992, the non-profit Foundation has developed and expanded programs that fulfill that mandate. Each October, the Foundation sponsors the official national tribute to all firefighters who died in the line of duty during the previous year.